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Food Scientist and Technologists Salary Information

The salary statistics of food scientists and technologists are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of food scientists and technologists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The food scientists and technologists annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Food Scientist and Technologists Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$38,260
25th Percentile Wage
$49,390
50th Percentile Wage
$63,660
75th Percentile Wage
$88,100
90th Percentile Wage
$120,130

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for food scientists and technologists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) food scientists and technologists is $120,130. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $63,660. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $38,260. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 213% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of food scientists and technologists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$63,660
-0.46% 8.78%
2016
$63,950
-2.96% -
2015
$65,840
6.62% -
2014
$61,480
3.01% -
2013
$59,630
2.62% -
2012
$58,070
- -

Table 2. Food Scientist and Technologists Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of food scientists and technologists in 12 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for food scientists and technologists occupations is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector with an annual salary $83,740. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $37,650).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$83,740
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$75,060
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$70,930
Wholesale Trade
$70,840
Federal, State, and Local Government
$68,280
Retail Trade
$67,700
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$66,070
Health Care and Social Assistance
$64,940
Manufacturing
$59,260
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$57,640
Educational Services
$55,540
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$37,650

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Food Scientists and Technologists by States

From the above tables we note that not only food scientists and technologists salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of food scientists and technologists in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $28,250 to $94,790. The highest paying state for food scientists and technologists is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $94,790. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $28,250. For more salary information of food scientists and technologists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$94,790
Massachusetts
$87,430
Vermont
$80,000
Minnesota
$77,050
Maryland
$76,020
Arkansas
$75,600
New Jersey
$74,250
Louisiana
$73,280
New Mexico
$71,740
Florida
$70,770
Washington
$69,910
Illinois
$69,560
Nebraska
$67,060
Arizona
$65,910
Rhode Island
$65,420
Ohio
$64,970
Pennsylvania
$64,240
Iowa
$64,120
Colorado
$64,080
Idaho
$63,810
California
$63,650
Oregon
$63,450
Wisconsin
$62,750
Texas
$62,360
Kansas
$62,330
Missouri
$61,910
Virginia
$60,580
Kentucky
$60,530
Connecticut
$60,430
Georgia
$57,290
Michigan
$57,000
South Carolina
$56,790
North Carolina
$55,830
Oklahoma
$55,290
Indiana
$55,100
New York
$53,450
South Dakota
$51,030
Maine
$50,740
Utah
$45,840
North Dakota
$44,700
Alabama
$40,380
Tennessee
$40,290
Mississippi
$37,500
Puerto Rico
$28,250



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